Trappers and hunters (NOC 8442)

Job titles

Nature of work

Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working outdoors or with the environment

Main duties

  • Trappers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Set traps with bait and position traps along trails
  • - Operate snowmobiles or travel on foot, snowshoes or skis to patrol trapline
  • - Remove catch and reset traps and snares
  • - Kill and skin catch for pelts, and treat and pack pelts for marketing
  • - Trap live animals for sale to buyers or for relocation purposes
  • - Maintain and repair trapping equipment
  • - Maintain trails and access to trapping lines
  • - Trap designated animals for bounty or other control programs
  • - May monitor animal population in the trapping regions to ensure future sustainability.
  • Hunters perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot to reach hunting areas
  • - Kill wild animals using firearms or other weapons
  • - Skin dead animals for pelts using knives
  • - Treat, pack and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions
  • - Maintain hunting equipment
  • - May monitor animal population in the hunting regions to ensure future sustainability.
  • * Trappers and hunters may specialize in trapping or hunting a particular kind of animal.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of trapping or hunting courses may be required in some provinces.
  • * A provincial trapping or hunting licence may be required.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * In some jurisdictions, trappers may be allocated trapping areas based on their experience.